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Has anyone ever printed steering components for the old Grand prix cars ? I'm building some of Nimrods files in 1/24 and was thinking it would be great if I can do the steering like those old ones I see on here! I have found a couple of files on the net but seem to suit more modern lower cars, I know I could adapt these but I was hoping someone who has had some experience with this my know of a good file that does not need to be adjusted to much?
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Chase cars and Shadowfax did it successfully but pretty much unobtanium now
 
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Yes, thank you munter , having a good look around at slot cars with steering nearly all manufacturers had ago at it back in the day! But not much to be had these days unless you find NOS and work with that . That's why I'm asking ,I have a couple 1/32 versions that would be great to copy if I was any good at CAD but I'm not.
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There were quite a few MRRC steering units floating around at one point, but not sure what the situation is now. And they also had that unique guide flag attachment system, so you need to find the flags and braid.

Maybe check with Phil Smith.

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As I understand it, Marlon moved on to other projects. Specialised target shooting pistol grips was the idea at the time.
He is very good at whatever he does though.
 

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I appreciate the reply munter - I probably have a dozen or so of Marlon's builds. I always made a habit of checking in on the Shadowfax website every now and again - one day he was there, and the next he wasn't. Wish he was still doing slots, but good to hear he's alive and well. Thanks again.

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I have a Merit 1/24 Mercedes W196 that a friend picked up. It has a front steering system in it. I will have a look at it and take some photos and email to you when I send the dimensions through....

If it isn't overly complicated it may be easy to duplicate in a CAD program

ps where was the thread we were discussing dimensions of those Grand Prix cars.... I can't find it now
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Not sure, maybe pre war,a discussion. Thanks for those measurements.
 

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Found this one on cults3d, did a quick test print , looks like it will be able to be adjusted to fit what I want to do! It says to print out separately and with 0.2 layer height , I printed it all together with my standard settings so had to drill out the holes and the drag link ended up a little short but works and will be enough room to make a double bearing stub axles, and hight for larger size wheels for the older GP cars.
It's a bonus with the chassis being basically two part adjustable so will be able to use it as is or connect to metal chassis.
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Nice! Have you tested it on a track?
 

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Nice! Have you tested it on a track?
No not yet need ,to reprint to get the drag link the right length. Because my printer is out on the veranda-porch and it's been raining here for last week or so , I'm getting way to much moisture in the pla so having to wait until the rain stops!
 

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Still raining? ;-)
On a more serious note, do you keep the printer outside because of fumes it generates?
 

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A few reasons really, probably the biggest reason is room, it's a Flash Forge Creator Pro and it's the size of the big old style convention microwave and the fine microscopic particular it produces, as I live in a one room cabin breathing in plastic and hearing a printer going 24-7 can get a little bit to much. PLA is good for any fumes,all you get is a slight smell like cooked pop corn. When using others like ABS that's when the fumes become a problem! And yes it's finally stopped, I've been looking at dehumidifiers on eBay ,I think it's definitely worth getting one for the Pla!.
 

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Well it is a little bit dryer around here now ,so I got a little bit more done on the chassis for the 450 Massa. Had to adjust the width and length of the original file, when I put the wheels on I found that the guide was way to high so I had to figure out how to get that too where it is going to work ! I decided to side mount the body so I had to extend the sides of the chassis , well after all that I'm not far off getting the body mounted ! Happy with how it is coming together so far, I won't be using the motor that's in it at the moment just testing for fit , I'm waiting on a shipment of parts with some lower RPM ones in it, just incase you've noticed it's a 35000 in it!
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Found this one on cults3d, did a quick test print , looks like it will be able to be adjusted to fit what I want to do! It says to print out separately and with 0.2 layer height , I printed it all together with my standard settings so had to drill out the holes and the drag link ended up a little short but works and will be enough room to make a double bearing stub axles, and hight for larger size wheels for the older GP cars.
It's a bonus with the chassis being basically two part adjustable so will be able to use it as is or connect to metal chassis. View attachment 287389 View attachment 287390 View attachment 287391 View attachment 287392
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I've got back to the Maserati biuld,
Motor's have arrived , so i put some lead wires on and installed, printed up a new drag link and give it a try!
The hardest part of the steering assembly is finding small enough screw's for the drag link! Anyway having the chassis assembled I mounted the body and give it a run.
Seem like it's a good handling car, the long can motor balancing out the wait nicely . I've got to print a driver and make a windscreen and touch up paint on the side pipes , some detail painting to go !
Still a little ways off of completion, but getting a good result with the chassis and handling is good inspiration 👷🙂
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The wheels are 7mm wide on the front and 8mm wide on the back.
Cheers,
John.
 
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